To cleanse your body before dieting, consider changing your nutrition and lifestyle to encourage the elimination of toxins from your body. This can help jump-start a diet because the build-up of toxins in the body can actually slow down or inhibit fat burning. Follow a few simple steps to detoxify and cleanse your body before starting a new diet.
Follow a whole-body cleansing protocol with a cleanse product. Many of your local health retailers carry whole-body cleanse products that combine herbs and dietary fiber to clean toxins out of organ tissues and body systems and then eliminate them from the body. According to VitaminShoppe.com, popular products include Whole Body Cleanse from Enzymatic Therapy, Garden of Life’s Perfect Cleanse, and Ultimate Cleanse by Nature’s Secret.
Do a one- to three-day fast to help eliminate toxins from the body. “The Miracle of Fasting” claims that fasting can help to jump-start a weight loss program by cleansing the body. If you cannot do a pure water fast, then simply eat fresh fruits and vegetables, as well as unsalted nuts and seeds, which do not stress the digestive system heavily.
Increase your intake of dietary fiber to help cleanse the colon, intestines, and body as a whole. You can do this by simply eating more fibrous foods such as fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and beans. Or you can use fiber supplements such as psyllium husk, which acts like a broom that sweeps your digestive system clean.
Avoid potential toxins and allergens by eating “clean.” Clean foods refer to the healthier forms of the foods you already eat. For example, rather than meats high in saturated fats, choose lean meats like turkey, fish, and chicken. Eat minimally processed carbohydrates such as old-fashioned oats, brown rice, and whole-grain pastas rather than white rice, white flour, and white pasta. In addition, take in more healthy fats, such as olive oil, natural peanut butter, and avocados.
Drink eight 12- to 16-oz. glasses of water every day, leading up to and throughout your diet. According to “Combat the Fat,” water acts to naturally remove toxins from the body. In fact, water also suppresses appetite and acts as a natural thermogenic (fat burner), so it will benefit your diet in many ways.
Drink three to five apple-cider vinegar drinks per day. “The Miracle of Fasting” recommends this during fasts, as well as preceding and during your diet. Mix 2 tbsps. raw, organic apple-cider vinegar, stevia, or 1 tbsp. organic honey and 8 oz. of distilled water. Apple cider vinegar may help cleanse the body and accelerate your weight loss results.
Drink one to three cups of detox tea per day. Several detoxifying tea formulas provide herbs such as dandelion root, chicory root, burdock root, milk thistle, and/or ginger root to help eliminate toxins from the body. Popular detox teas include Triple Leaf Teas’ Detox Tea, Traditional Medicinals’ Every Day Detox and Yogi Tea’s Detox Tea, according to VitaminShoppe.com
- "The Miracle of Fasting"; Paul Bragg; 2009
- "Combat the Fat"; Jeff Anderson; 2008
- "You Staying Young" Michael F. Roizen and Mehmet C. Oz; 2007